Last Updated: April 06, 2024

When it comes to brain enhancers and nootropics, there is only one that started it all. A commons misconception that many people still believe is that Adderall was the first to the brain enhancement industry. However, that simply isn’t true. While it might Adderall that made the industry more mainstream today, it isn’t the first brain pill. It actually started way before that with Nootropil, the “father” of nootropics. It all started really around half a century ago with Nootropil, whose name was coined along with the word “nootropic.”

An interesting thing was that when scientists in Russia first started playing around with Nootropil, it wasn’t for brain enhancement use at all! Nootropil’s original purpose was that of a sleeping aid… until they discovered through tests that it didn’t really do much to aid sleep, but rather had numerous positive benefits to their test subjects’ brains. Nootropil showed signs at improving memory, focus, and even overall brain health.

While some say that its formula is quite outdated, they couldn’t be more wrong. The simple fact that Nootropil is still being sold today proves that it’s still widely received as a solution for mental prowess. Aside from that, if you type “Nootropil” into Google, you’ll still see quite a lot of results and archived forum threads regarding Nootropil’s effectiveness.

However, of course, with the rise of the FDA and similar drug-banning associations, Nootropil is becoming harder and harder to obtain.

Nootropil Ingredients

Nootropil’s ingredients list is a short one: Piracetam.

Full Ingredients List:
Piracetam 800g

Looking at Nootropil’s formula, there is really only but one ingredient: piracetam – which is the original nootropic. Nootropil might not seem like much with it having only one ingredient, but don’t dismiss it too easily. Think of this: have you ever seen any ingredient in a brain enhancer have an 800mg dose? Probably not.

The fact of the matter is, Nootropil’s 800mg dose of piracetam is quite potent. And unlike some of the newer brain enhancers available on the market, there are many reported studies that have been published dedicated towards the effectiveness of piracetam on several mental functions. If you don’t believe us, then just think on why Nootropil is still being sold in many drug stores today? The fact that it’s been around for 50 years and sells well today is impressive.

Piracetam itself though has shown many benefits. As an aid to neurotransmitters, as well as a vasodilator, it is able to directly tackle matters dealing with the brain. It has shown in studies to increase memory, focus, while improving on problem solving ability and brain fog.

Despite this, are there better solutions out there than piracetam? Probably. The brain enhancing industry has evolved so much in the last 50 years that it would be stupid to assume otherwise. Additionally, why would there even exist a market for brain enhancers if there wasn’t anything to improve upon?

Score: 13%

Test Results: Nootropil

Our tests with Nootropil lasted for a whole 45 days. We had a few volunteers come in to our lab (aged 21-32) who agreed to take Nootropil continuously and write down their findings in a journal. They also had to come report back with our lab every two weeks for general cognitive performance tests.

What was most noticeable, according to our volunteers was that the effects of Nootropil were actually much gradual, in contrast to other brain enhancers like Alpha Brain or Excelerol, which gave you an immediate surge of focus. Nootropil was more delicate, as you almost wouldn’t really notice it until you notice it, which might occur after an hour or so. Our participants claimed that it was like they were slowly being lulled into a concentration mode.

Through the duration of our testing, our participants also noted that although they weren’t able to completely say outright that they’ve become a genius in 100 days, some of them note being quicker at remembering things and at calculating things or coming to a conclusion when assessing a problem. Notably, unlike most modern brain enhancers, Nootropil’s effects were more subtle – they simply surprise you when you suddenly notice them. Some of our college volunteers claimed being able to remember how to solve a problem, even after only glancing at the equation a couple of times previously.

In our cognitive tests, it appeared that our participants had an increase in memory and cognitive motor skills, even though none of them reported experiencing such things. Subtle.

Score: 14%

Other Online Reviews

It seems that most of the people online really love Nootropil. When a brain enhancer such as this has been around for a very long time, it will garner quite a lot of followers, and it has done exactly that. There’s just so much information about it online, including best dosages and what supplements to stack Nootropil with. Any beginner will feel at home with Nootropil.

From Royce on November 23, 2014 (

So far so good with Piracetam. Started about 3 weeks ago and I’ve noticed a bit more clarity in my thoughts. I box and it’s been a bit easier for me to stay focused on the heavy bag for extended periods of time. I’ve tried to cut out other substances in my lifestyle, so it could be a combination of that as well. I recommend this to those that think they aren’t getting as much as they can out of their brain. 4/5 stars because no supplement is perfect.

From Max on December 3, 2014 (
I feel jittery on this, energetic, sociable, but can’t seem to focus or do anything productive.

Score: 13%

Side Effects

The only side effect that was reported to us by our participants was a headache at times when taking Nootropil. This wasn’t always present, however, it did still happen occasionally. We believe this to be due to the fact that you normally need to supplement Nootropil or Piracetam supplements with at least a 500 mg dose of Choline as well.

Other reported side effects from Nootropil on the internet included anxiety, insomnia, irritability, and increased libido.

For a 50-year-old formula, that really is amazing.

Score: 12%


It’s really difficult to say much about Nootropil’s pricing due to the fact that there really isn’t one price that it’s available in. You’re going to have to check yourself amongst the many different retailers online, but please be aware that Nootropil is illegal in many areas, including in some states in the US (some states having stricter laws than others).

Strictly speaking though, Nootropil is priced relatively inexpensively when compared to other supplements, but that’s mainly due to the fact that it contains only one single ingredient, and often needs to be added to an already existing regimen. When you consider the other supplements that you will need to purchase on top of Nootropil, the price may often times become much higher than a premade supplement.

Score: 15%

RECAP: Pro’s vs Con’s

– Great starting point for beginners
– Good as a ‘topping’ on an already existing regimen
– So much supporting info about it online

– Piracetam is illegal in the US and some countries
– Needs to be stacked with other supplements for maximum effectiveness
– Needs to be stacked with Choline to prevent headaches
– Effects may be too subtle for some

The Bottom Line

For a brain enhancer that’s been around for almost 50 years, the score we’ve given Nootropil really is impressive. Despite its age, it still manages to compete with some of the brain enhancers out there in the market, and can even best some of the average ones out there.

Additionally, although its effects are a little more subtle than some of the other alternatives out there, it still manages to do okay if you’re looking for a less “buzzy” nootropic. And the side effects show that it still is one of the safer brain enhancers out there. Despite its outdated formula, Nootropil has certainly aged well, and although it probably isn’t the best out there, it manages to support the statement, “new is not always better.”

If it isn’t illegal in your area, go ahead!

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